Ervin Katona

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Ervin Katona
Ervin Katona 2010.JPG
Born Ervin Katona
(1977-01-05) 5 January 1977 (age 40)
Subotica, SFR Yugoslavia
Residence Subotica, Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Occupation Strongman
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 155 kg (342 lb)
Competition record
Representing  Serbia
World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2009 World's Strongest Man
7th 2010 World's Strongest Man
10th 2011 World's Strongest Man
10th 2012 World's Strongest Man
IFSA Strongman World Championships
10th 2006
10th 2007
Arnold Strongman Classic
8th 2009
Strongman Champions League
2nd SCL 2008: Serbia
4th SCL 2008: Holland
3rd SCL 2008: Bulgaria
5th SCL 2008: Lithuania
2nd SCL 2008: Romania
3rd SCL 2008: Finland
2nd 2008 Overall
4th SCL 2009: Serbia
1st SCL 2009: Spain
1st SCL 2010: Bulgaria
3rd SCL 2010: Holland
1st SCL 2010: Serbia
1st SCL 2010: Slovakia
2nd 2010 Overall
3rd SCL 2011: SCL Iceman Challenge II
1st SCL 2011: Serbia
3rd SCL 2011: Finland
2nd SCL 2011: Holland
1st SCL 2011: Bulgaria
1st SCL 2011: Canary Islands
4th SCL 2011: Canada SCL Semi-finals
3rd SCL 2012: Sarajevo SCL Finals
1st 2011/2012 Overall
5th SCL 2012: SCL Iceman Challenge III
3rd SCL 2012: Germany FIBO
1st SCL 2012: Serbia
3rd SCL 2013/2013 Overall
World Log Lift Championships
5th 2008
4th 2009
5th 2011
Serbia's Strongest Man
1st 2006
1st 2007
1st 2008
During the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Ervin Katona (Serbian Cyrillic: Ервин Катона) (born 5 January 1977, Subotica, SFR Yugoslavia)[1][2][3] is a leading Serbian strongman competitor and regular entrant to the World's Strongest Man competition.


Ervin Katona was a junior national kickboxing champion in his youth. He later moved into the field of Strength athletics, and started weight training at the age of 25. He had soon won a number of Balkan titles and became the winner of the Serbia's Strongest Man title.

Katona became a member of the International Federation of Strength Athletes and following the latter's schism with World's Strongest Man could not compete in that event. He did compete, however, in the IFSA version in both 2006 and 2007. In 2008 he was a major figure on the Strongman Champions League circuit and consistent podium finishes earned him the overall runner-up spot behind his great friend Zydrunas Savickas. In early 2009 in the Strongman Champions League event in his hometown Katona suffered a torn biceps.[4] Despite this, Katona was able to recover in time to compete in the prestigious 2009 World's Strongest Man event in Malta, he was unable to qualify for the finals. In 2010, Katona was able to qualify for the World's Strongest Man finals and finished in 7th place. Katona also won 3 Strongman Champions League events in Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovakia in 2010.[5] Katona finished second overall for the 2010 SCL season behind Terry Hollands.[6]

Katona owns a gym in his home town of Subotica, which he cites as his greatest personal achievement. He entered in Big Brother VIP 2010 house and finished in fifth place after 28 days. Katona set a Guinness World Record on 25 April 2009 for longest time to restrain a vehicle weighing 980 kg (2,156 lbs) in Milan, Italy. His time was 1 minute 2 seconds.[7]

Katona won the Strongman Champions League overall title for the 2011/2012 season, he had previously finished in 2nd overall in 2008 and 2010.[8]

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